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BMW R1150R »Rockster» test

Intro: A TRIMMED UNITY IN THE ROCK

BMW want to attract the young and if the young are interested by sports roadsters at the moment- then the Munich based firm is ready bring them what they want. Since the original version of the R1150R was a bit old hat to fight its corner in this category- they-ve redesigned it.

Esthetique: A WILD CHILD

A surprising design- which radically changes the personality of a bike that until now didn-t exactly turn young ladies- heads in the street. An asymmetrical headlight like the GS has appeared at the front together with a new- finer mudguard.

Flat handlebars- a new windbreaker- some rather flashy green and orange decoration and black colouring for the frame and the engine — in the end it didn-t take much to overturn the rather sad image of the past and replace it with. the Rockster The metamorphosis isn-t just physical — so as to let it-s hair down ever further- the Rockster has also taken the cycle part from the sporting R 1100 S. This geometry has a shorter wheelbase and a reduced column angle- which- on paper- should give the bike more agility.

Motorization: ITS STRONG POINT

The engine has kept the same figures and although the German manufacturer might have wanted to play the rebel- they haven-t " boosted " the flat dual cylinder. The only modification to the engine is the addition of a 2nd spark plug per cylinder in order to reduce the polluting gases. An engine that- even if it is never going to compete with its Japanese rivals in terms of power- is nonetheless one of the strong points of this bike.

With as much torque as you could wish for- it proves vigorous from 2-500 revs and distils strong sensations from 4-000. That avoids having to use the not always well-behaved gearbox too often. The gearbox is a pity as it is the only thing that isn-t up to the rest of the bike.

BMW R1150R

On the road: A MODEL OF BALANCE


The biggest change when you climb onto the Rockster is the riding position. The saddle is now higher at 835mm- but more importantly- the handlebars are flat and very wide. you could almost think you were on a Super motard- and the non-existent protection reinforces this feeling. Only after that do you notice the differences in the on road behaviour.

Compared to the R1150R that it is derived from- the Rockster proves to be more " intuitive " in front. It is easier to feel what is going on under the wheels- without having lost either comfort or shock absorption. But the most interesting thing is the feeling of balance that fills the rider after a few dozen kilometres behind the handlebars of the Rockster.

In spite of its heavy weight for a roadster- the handling of the bike remains easy and it goes from corner to corner serenely whatever the road surface or the intensity of the braking. All that-s left is the price- which is unlikely to please those young people in BMW-s sights. You need to spend 12-000 Euros to buy- and there-s no doubt about this- a chassis that is model of balance- an agile cycle part and a full engine.

3 elements that make the Rockster a very homogeneous bike and that-s its really strong point.

BMW R1150R

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